State and Federal Compliance

The purpose of the Children, Youth and Family Department’s compliance monitoring efforts are to enhance/ maintain the state's ability to adequately monitor detention facilities, jails, and other facilities to assure compliance with the state and federal deinstitutionalization of status offenders, sight and sound separation, and juvenile jail removal requirements as set forth in New Mexico statute and the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. 

Compliance monitoring priorities for the Special Programs Unit include continued compliance monitoring and reviewing legislation, regulations and standards for compliance monitoring implications.

Federal Requirements Compliance Monitoring

CYFD’s Special Programs Unit contracts with a compliance monitor who conducts site visits to law enforcement to ensure statutory compliance to OJJDP core requirements of sight and sound separation of adults and juveniles, removal of juveniles from adult jails and lockups, and deinstitutionalization of status offenders. The statutory requirements and required form can be found here.

Juvenile Detention Compliance Certification

The Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) is mandated by the New Mexico Administrative Code to inspect juvenile detention facilities for the purpose of certification. All secure juvenile detention facilities must comply with State Detention Standards that govern the maintenance and operation of all juvenile detention centers including standards for the site, design, construction, equipment, care, programming, education, staffing, and medical and behavioral health care. Compliance is determined during annual inspections or more frequently when warranted.

This web page was developed to provide information and resources to those working in secure detention facilities. CYFD partners with administrators from New Mexico counties to maintain safe and healthy conditions of confinement, and quality provision of services for juveniles in detention centers.

The information provided is designed to make information immediately accessible to assist Juvenile Detention Center personnel in daily responsibilities specific to the maintaining and monitoring compliance with the State Detention Standards.

During inspections, the CYFD Detention Compliance Monitor will review items set forth in the State Detention Standards to confirm compliance. An on-site physical plant inspection is conducted at the facility where the Detention Compliance Monitor inspects the conditions of juvenile rooms, living area, recreational area, kitchen and medical area. After the inspection a report is generated that determines compliance, non-compliance and any deficiencies to be addressed in a response of corrected action.  Annual certification authorizes the facility to operate for a one-year period of time. Provisional certification is a temporary certification, not to exceed two consecutive 120-day provisional certifications, to operate a facility. Both the inspection report and certificate are signed by the Cabinet Secretary and JJS Director.

NM SARA Log-In Page

Screening, Admissions & Releases Application (SARA) is an internet based system used by Juvenile Probation Officers, Juvenile Detention Centers and CYFD to track and monitor juvenile detention admissions and releases. If law enforcement is seeking detention for a youth who is being referred for a delinquent offense, a Risk Assessment Instrument (RAI) is used to determine if secure detention is appropriate. If the RAI  is recommending secure detention, Juvenile Detention Centers admit the juvenile into their facility. SARA tracks how many days the juvenile is held in secure detention.

For authorized users only, click to login into SARA:

Juvenile Detention Center Links: